Trade Shows

2ND COUTURE COLLECTION PROVES SUCCESSFUL The second Couture Collection & Conference, a by-invitation-only show geared to high-end jewelers, was considered successful by attendees. The event, held May 27-29 in the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Cal., featured a seminar program dedicated to marketing issues facing luxury retailers and a buying floor where manufacturers exhibited their lines in enclosed, European-style show booths. Attendance totaled 120 retail companies and 107 manufacturers. Buying activity appeared brisk during the show. Manufacturers reported a chance to meet new accounts and to work with regular accounts in advance of the JCK International Jewelry Show in Las Vegas, freeing time to find new sources at the latter show. All attendees praised the Couture Collection show format, which offered a relaxed atmosphere and an opportunity to network without

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